The gubernatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Abia state, Bishop Dr. Sunday Ndukwo Onuoha, has stressed on the need for a servant of God to sit on the helm of affairs in the state come 2023. He made this known while speaking with newsmen in Umuahia on Monday, 20th June 2022.
He explained that during the democratic dispensation, Abia state has been governed by a businessman (Orji Uzor Kalu), a technocrat (T.A. Orji), and an academician (Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu). So, it is time for a servant of God to become the governor of Abia State.
“Abia is God’s Own State, so let us handover God’s Own State to God’s own servant. Unless clergy men are involved in politics, very soon, we will be ruled by charlatans”.
The Methodist Bishop also explained that he is not speaking as someone who has not been doing anything before now, that is deeds in Abia state are already obvious.
The Okai-Item son in Bende LGA, also stated that opportunities are waiting to come into Abia, but all that is needed is transparency and even distribution of good governance, which only a servant of God like himself can deliver.
In his words, “when I become the governor of Abia, I will govern the state with the fear of God”.
Bishop Onuoha’s mission for a new Abia, or 11 points agenda are itemized as follows:
- Security and social welfare
- Digital economy and information technology transformation
- Transparency and accountability
- International relations/development agencies
- Job creation/youth and women empowerment
- Agriculture and rural development
- Participatory governance
- Education for sustainable development
- Accessible basic health for all
- Trade and commerce
- Faith community for development
A brief interactive session between the governorship candidate and newsmen are as follows:
What area in Abia state do you feel need serious attention?
“Security, security, and security”
So, how do you intend to tackle this issue if elected as the governor?
“It is the duty of the governor to secure the lives and properties of his citizens. When elected as the governor, I will make sure I declare a state of emergency in the area of security. I will partner with traditional rulers of all communities in Abia state, and equip them for the security tasks”.
What will be your method of governance if elected?
“I will remain open and transparent like I have always been. You can make enquiries. My home is open for all. I pay the salaries of my staffs as at when due. I will avoid praise singers and listen to people that will always tell me the truth”.
Bishop Dr. Sunday Ndukwo Onuoha, is the Founder/President of Vision Africa International, a non-governmental organizations that implements free medical missions and community programs. Vision Africa Radio 104.1 FM, and the Vision Africa Waves Football Club are his Nigerian investments. He is an advocate for peace, tolerance, and social good. To wrap it all, Bishop Onuoha is a strong believer that a new Abia is possible.